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Hartford woman killed in hit-and-run, suspect sought

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Miriam Garcia died after she was involved in a hit-and-run in Hartford. (Family Photo) Miriam Garcia died after she was involved in a hit-and-run in Hartford. (Family Photo)

A woman in Hartford is dead following what police called a hit-and-run.

They identified the victim as 61-year-old Miriam Garcia, a resident of the capital city.

The incident happened on Edgewood Street just after noon on Sunday, police said. Police said Garcia was crossing the street when she was hit by the vehicle. 

"Our victim for what we know in the preliminary investigation was on or near the sidewalk at the time of impact," Hartford Police Sgt. Brandon O'Brien said. 

Garcia was transported to St. Francis Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries about three hours later.

"She is well known and well loved," Gracia's grandson Joel Dix said.

Officers said an empty 2007 blue Volvo Wagon was found at the scene and had damage consistent with what happened. A witness told police that the driver fled. A description was provided.

The suspected driver was described as a man in his late 20s or early 30s with a medium build, clean shaven, short hair and wearing a dark shirt with blue jeans.

"I think this was intentional," Dix said. 

Dix explained why he believed the crash was "intentional." 

"The way the vehicle aimed towards the house," Dix said. "It looks like it was intentional. You are aiming straight for someone or something."

The Volvo Wagon was unregistered and investigators said the person who claims they own it has told the police, it was stolen.

"It's hard to know because she was in pain," Dix said. "She left behind grand kids after her daughter had just died. Two deaths in the family in just six months, so it's hard."

Right now, the family was making funeral plans. 

Police are talking with eyewitnesses about the deadly crash. Anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact Hartford police anonymously at (860-722-8477 or by contacting Sgt. Jason Lee at 860-757-4441.

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